The T.O-Ochocinco Bromance and How it Affects Tampa


Ever since Terrell Owens agreed to join forces with Chad Ochocinco in Cincinatti, the media has been in a frenzy. The two talented wide outs have been together every minute (it seems), and since they dubbed themselves the new “Batman and Robin”, NFL fans and supporters have been embracing the newfound bromance. Whether or not you’re a Bengals fan, or even a supporter of Owens and Ochocinco, you have to find it entertaining that the league’s so-called “founders” of post touchdown celebrations have joined forces. Now it’s no where like the NBA’s version of a bromance (Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh), but it is something to enjoy. But what does this mean for Tampa, and could their be a bromance developing in the Bay?

Since the NFL has officially been exposed to a “bromance”, I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of these relationships developing throughout the league. Think about it for a second. The Carolina Panthers have their version of a bromance between DeAngelo Williams and Jonathon Stewart, who dubbed themselves “Thunder and Lightning”, which originally came from the bromance found in Tennessee involving Chris Johnson and LenDale White. Bromances have been going on for awhile now in the NFL, but have never received the recognition of the newly found bound between T.O. and Ochocinco.

So what am I trying to get at? Well, I think Tampa could soon find a bromance of their own. If you look at past bromances in the NFL, there is a criteria to be found in the development of a bromance:

Both play at the same position.
Both are young and are either separated by a year or two.
There is usually a competition between the two.

With that said, I quickly go to the two new rookie receivers in Tampa. Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams, both entering the league at the same time, could be the next bromance to strike the NFL. Since they are expected to start opposite each other, the idea doesn’t seem too far-fetched.

There is no doubt that Benn is expected to be the better of the two, but that doesn’t mean he WILL be the better receiver. Mike Williams has worked his tail off in camp, and has impressed every one of the Bucs’ coaches. No matter what they say, there will be some sort of competition between the two. Williams has to have a chip on his shoulder considering he was passed up by many teams because of his decision to quit on his team in his senior year, and he will do whatever it takes to take revenge on those teams.

But if they do form the next bromance, they will need a cool name to back themselves up. My suggestion… Jekyll and Hyde. Why? Since the Bucs will be going with two rookies out wide, there is no telling what the outcome will be. One week could see Benn and Williams combining for three touchdowns and 150 yards, but the next week could see the two combining for five drops and a couple catches. Rookies are historically off and on in their first season as a pro, so you never know what to expect.